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News :: Globalization
World Bank / IMF Protests Scenario Outline
03 Apr 2006
We are not mass mobilizing for this year’s World Bank / IMF meetings. What?! You will not find a rally with speeches you will not listen to and a march from one park to another past an assortment of empty buildings. BUT, YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF ACTION! Don’t come to Washington, DC, April 21 – 23 if all you intend to do is march. However, if you want to take effective action, march and do a whole lot more!

Updates, housing information, ride boards, other logistics information available at http://worldbank.activeresistance.org or by signing up to the listserve at http://lists.activeresistance.org/mailman/listinfo/dc.

World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, April 21-23, 2006

Schedule of Resistance:

Friday, April 21st- Evening Spokes Council - Gather with other individuals and affinity groups to strategize and plan actions for the weekend. Time to be announced. Place: The convergence center at St. Stephens Church, 16th and Newton Streets NW (S2 and S4 bus; Columbia Heights Metro)

Saturday, April 22nd- We are organizing a day of trainings (at the convergence center) to be followed by an evening of action. While the goons of capitalist exploitation plot their schemes behind closed doors, we will prepare ourselves for effective and safe resistance. From legal trainings to guerrilla street theater, affinity group training to an orientation on DC community struggles, we will gather our tools and CONFRONT THE DELEGATES AND THEIR CORPORATE FRIENDS ON SATURDAY FOLLOWING THE TRAININGS. If they want to eat, drink, and be merry on the backs of billions worldwide, they will do so in the face of our resistance.

Sunday, April 23rd- Day of autonomous direct action. Keep the pressure on the individuals who power the machine of global exploitation. Let them know they cannot stage their war on the poor without hearing our cries in the streets!

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See also:
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Re: World Bank / IMF Protests Scenario Outline
04 Apr 2006
Okay, I am unabashedly plugging for people to travel to DC to give these war-on-the-poor mongerers some what for during the World Bank / IMF spring meetings April 21-23.

Part of what is so outrageous is that they commit their crimes while enjoying relative anonymity. At a recent home demo at the home of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, a neighbor remarked, "You should have come around when he was somebody, when he really had some power." The neighbor was of course referring to Wolfowitz's former role as Deputy Secretary of Defense. Many people understand that he was an architect of the war on Iraq. Fewer understand the extent of the power wielded by Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank and the massive suffering for which that institution is responsible, in Iraq and world wide. April 21-23 will be an opportunity to expose, illuminate, and educate.

There are a multitude of possibilities for home demos, as not only Wolfowitz,but also some of the World Bank directors, including Luis Marti, actually live in and around DC. There will be delegates staying in area hotels, eating in restaurants, taking in the entertainment scene, sipping lattes at crowded street side cafes on lovely spring evenings in densely populated and highly frequented areas of the city.

There will be no permitted, prearranged marches, no peace police telling you where to go, when to go there, and what you can and cannot say when you get there. You can yell at buildings if you so choose, but the possibilities for direct action, street theater, poetry reading on the Metro, adopting an intersection... are limited only by your imagination. Think of the power of activist imaginations convergening, what we can come up with together. Won't you please come to DC? Show your face, your fury, and your imagination and bring your sleeping bag.
Re: World Bank / IMF Protests Scenario Outline
05 Apr 2006
Will the anti-IMF forces draw people from the anti-war movement? It IS the same battle, afterall, and the most poignant (and laughable) indication of this is Paul Wolfowitz who heads the IMF, who also planned the Iraq War.

Or will the 2 movements continue to remain seperate entities?
No Marches? Then......
05 Apr 2006
One must conclude that either terrorism or a catharsis of bad art is going to take place. Which is it?

I place my money on the catharsis of bad art scenario.